|Studio album by New Kids on the Block|
|Released||September 6, 1988|
Mission Control, Westford, MA
The House Of Hits, Boston, MA
Normandy Recording Studio, Providence, RI
|Genre||Pop, R&B, pop rock, dance-pop|
|New Kids on the Block chronology|
|Singles from Hangin' Tough|
Hangin' Tough is the second album by American boy band New Kids on the Block, released on September 6, 1988 by Columbia Records. It is widely regarded as the breakthrough album of the group's career and has been praised by critics, gaining positive reviews for their musical transition from bubblegum pop to urban contemporary, blended with popular rock music.
Originally, the group's label had already planned to end their contract when their first album in 1986 garnered little commercial or critical attention which was nearly led to failure. However, Maurice Starr, the group's producer, diligently persuaded the label to let them record for a sophomore album.
Hangin' Tough led the group to success due to the creation of a music videos for each single, showcasing the group's visual appeal. Their popularity was eventually built as they made TV appearances and embarked on promotional tours. By the end of 1989, the album topped on the US Billboard 200 charts, while peaked at number two both on Canadian Albums Chart on the same year and in the UK Albums Chart on the following year. The album won two American Music Awards in January 1990—the "Favorite Pop/Rock Album" and "Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group." The album also has a home-media video release entitled New Kids on the Block: Hangin' Tough which is a documented musical film about the group's biographical career which it was released in 1989. It also contains a series of music videos, live performances, and exclusive interviews from the group & their fans. The film was nominated for a "Grammy Award for Best Music Film" in 1990, the group's only Grammy nomination.
With sales of more than seventeen million copies worldwide to date, Hangin' Tough became the group's best-selling album so far and it was certified Diamond in Canada by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) with sales of more than one million units, while eight times Platinum in the US by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album spawned five commercial singles: "Please Don't Go Girl", "You Got It (The Right Stuff)", "I'll Be Loving You (Forever)", "Hangin' Tough", and "Cover Girl". All were top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, making them the first teen-act to accomplish such chart success.
Six consecutive singles were released from Hangin' Tough. The lead single "Please Don't Go Girl" was released in April 1988. The song became a major hit on radio stations nationwide and became their first top-ten single in Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number ten. The second single was "You Got It (The Right Stuff)", a worldwide hit which peaked at number three on the Billboard charts. "I'll Be Loving You (Forever)", a ballad, was the third single released and became their first number-one in Billboard Hot 100. The title track was released next and also reached number one. "Cover Girl" was the fifth released; it peaked at number two. A sixth and final single, "My Favorite Girl," was released in January 1990 as a promotional single sent to radio, but was not made commercially available at retail.
The album received universal critical acclaim from music critics. Reviews of Dan Heilman & Bil Carpenter of Allmusic said "Good songs collected by New Kids mastermind Maurice Starr highlight this smash, including I'll Be Loving You (Forever), You Got It (The Right Stuff), Please Don't Go Girl, and the title track. Tight, warm, even soulful harmony on the ballads."
Robert Christgau, Dean of American Critics, gave a grade of C+ to the album. He stated that:
"At five million and counting, this isn't the rank offense its demographic tilt would lead you to expect-auteur Maurice Starr has positioned two exceedingly cute up-tempo hits atop two overly balladic sides. Really, why shouldn't a black svengali mastermind the safe white R&B ripoff for once? Funkier than the Osmonds or Milli Vanilli. As hip as New Edition."
All songs were produced by Maurice Starr.
|1.||"You Got It (The Right Stuff)"||Maurice Starr||Jordan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg||4:13|
|2.||"Please Don't Go Girl"||Starr||Joey McIntyre, Jordan Knight||4:31|
|3.||"I'll Be Loving You (Forever)"||Starr||Jordan Knight||4:28|
|4.||"Cover Girl"||Starr||Donnie Wahlberg||4:08|
|5.||"I Need You"||Starr||Danny Wood||3:38|
|6.||"Hangin' Tough"||Starr||Donnie Walhberg||4:18|
|7.||"I Remember When"||Starr, Eban Kelly, Jimmy Randolph||Joey McIntyre||4:13|
|8.||"What'cha Gonna Do (About It)"||Starr||Jordan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, Danny Wood, Joey McIntyre||3:59|
|9.||"My Favorite Girl"||Starr, Jordan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, Danny Wood||Jordan Knight, Danny Wood||5:33|
|10.||"Hold On"||Starr||Danny Wood||3:39|
- Executive Producer: Cecil Holmes
- Arrangement & Producer: Maurice Starr
- Associate Producers: Jordan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg & Danny Wood
- Recorded, Engineered & Mixed By Phil Greene, Richard Mendelson, Maurice Starr, Hediki Sunada & Danny Wood
- Maurice Starr (Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Keyboards, Synthesizers, Synthesized & Electric Bass, Drum Programming)
New Kids On The Block
- Jonathan Knight: Lead & Backing Vocals
- Jordan Knight: Lead & Backing Vocals
- Joey McIntyre: Lead & Backing Vocals
- Donnie Wahlberg: Lead & Backing Vocals
- Danny Wood: Lead & Backing Vocals, Keyboards, Programming
Charts and certifications
Sales and certifications
|U.S.||U.S. R&B||U.S. Dance||U.S. AC||AUS||AUT||CAN||FRA||GER||IRE||NL||NOR||NZ||UK|
|1988||"Please Don't Go Girl"||10||55||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"You Got It (The Right Stuff)"||3||28||20||—||1||12||—||17||12||2||32||—||2||1|
|1989||"I'll Be Loving You (Forever)"||1||12||—||3||—||—||—||—||31||2||8||—||28||5||
- http://books.google.ca/books?id=bCgEAAAAMBAJ&lr=&rview=1%7Ctitle=Hits of the World - Eurochart|work=Billboard|publisher=Nielsen Business Media, Inc.|date=27 January 1990
- Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava. p. 263. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5.
- "Austrian album certifications – New Kids on the Block – Hangin' Tough" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved July 15, 2012. Enter New Kids on the Block in the field Interpret. Enter Hangin' Tough in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
- "Canadian album certifications – New Kids on the Block – Hangin' Tough". Music Canada. Retrieved July 15, 2012.
- The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:
- "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (New Kids on the Block; 'Hangin' Tough')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved July 15, 2012.
- "Japanese album certifications – New Kids on the Block – Hangin' Tough" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
- "British album certifications – New Kids on the Block – Hangin' Tough". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved July 15, 2012. Enter Hangin' Tough in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
- "American album certifications – New Kids on the Block – Hangin' Tough". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 15, 2012. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
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